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Need more than 3 seats in Bihar since RLSP has gained strength: Kushwaha

Press Trust of India  |  Patna 

Claiming that his Party (RLSP) has gained significantly in strength in Bihar, has demanded that the party be allotted more than three seats in the state by the NDA to contest the 2019 election.

has 40 seats and Kushwaha's RLSP had contested and won three seats in the 2014

"My party had contested three seats in 2014, but now its strength and base have increased...Our party should be given more than three seats after making a neutral assessment of its strength," Kushwaha told reporters at the RLSP office here Friday.

The of state for human resource development said there was little doubt that the RLSP had gained in strength, but how much could be a matter of debate.

Replying to a query, Kushwaha admitted that he had raised the demand for more seats with (BJP) and in-charge Bhupendra Yadav. If need be, he said, he would also speak to on the matter.

Kushwaha said the seat-sharing issue between the partners in -- the BJP, the JD(U), the RLSP and the -- was not finalised yet, otherwise it would have been announced.

The had won 22 seats in Bihar in the 2014 general election, while Ram Vilas Paswan's (LJP) had won six of the seven seats it had contested.

On October 26, chief had announced that the saffron party and Nitish Kumar's (United) would contest an equal number of seats in the 2019 Lok Sabha election in Bihar.

Kushwaha asserted that his alliance with the and the was intact but expressed displeasure over Kumar's statement apparently directed at him.

He said the JD(U) chief should retract the statement or explain what he actually meant.

On the seat-sharing issue, with a particular reference to the RLSP, Kumar had recently told a television channel, "Do not take the debate to such a low level."

Kushwaha said he felt the remark was laden with casteist overtones.

"I am extremely hurt and pained by Nitish Kumar's statement, in which he referred to me as 'neech'. The kind of language he has used for me is intolerable. his statement," he said.

"I am being asked to make sacrifices for the new entrant, the JD(U), to the NDA fold, but the RLSP was ignored when the benefits (in terms of ministerial berths in the Nitish cabinet) were to be distributed among the partners," the Union minister added.

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First Published: Sat, November 10 2018. 13:25 IST